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Grand Rapids Press Aug 19, 2016
Once considered a weakness, Tigers starting rotation has excelled since break

Once considered a weakness, Tigers starting rotation has excelled since break

In 175 innings, the Tigers current five starters are 10-5 with a 2.57 ERA. Theyve thrown 160 strikeouts and walked only 41. DETROIT -- A month ago, there was no more pressing issue than how -- or if -- the Detroit Tigers would retool their starting rotation for the stretch run. Since then, two starters (both well-paid veterans) have gone on the disabled list. But the expected disaster never materialized. In fact, quite the opposite has occurred. Powered by young arms and the continued dominance of ace Justin Verlander, the Tigers starting rotation has excelled...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 17, 2016
Justin Verlander, new Tiger Erick Aybar have some making up to do

Justin Verlander, new Tiger Erick Aybar have some making up to do

The Tigers acquired Aybar from the Braves on Tuesday for Mike Aviles and minor-league catcher Kade Scivicque. DETROIT -- Erick Aybar will have some explaining to do when he arrives in the Detroit Tigers clubhouse later today. While you may or may not remember, it was Aybar, then a member of the Los Angeles Angels, who tried to break up a no hitter from Justin Verlander with an infield bunt single during the eighth inning of a game in 2011. Aybar, acquired by the Tigers Tuesday in a trade that sent Mike Aviles and a minor-league catcher to the Atlanta Braves,...
Topeka Capital-Journal Aug 16, 2016

Royals hit four home runs in win against Tigers

DETROIT — Danny Duffy allowed one run in 72/3 innings and the Kansas City Royals hit four homers in a 6-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Raul Mondesi, Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer all homered off Justin Verlander (12-7), while Kendrys Morales went deep off Mark Lowe. Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered for Detroit’s only run. The Tigers have lost seven of nine. Duffy (10-1) allowed three hits and two walks, striking out five. Verlander gave up five runs — three earned — four hits and a walk in seven-plus innings. He struck out six. read more
Grand Rapids Press Aug 16, 2016
Long ball dooms Justin Verlander, Tigers in another loss to the Royals

Long ball dooms Justin Verlander, Tigers in another loss to the Royals

Verlander allowed four hits, three of which were home runs, in a 6-1 loss to Kansas City. DETROIT -- On paper, the four hits allowed by Justin Verlander appeared par for the course. Only one problem: three of them left the yard.  Verlander surrendered three home runs and the Detroit Tigers struggled with the bats for a second straight night, losing 6-1 to the Kansas City Royals Tuesday at Comerica Park. Alex Gordon, Raul Mondesi and Eric Hosmer each homered off Verlander for the Royals, who totaled four long balls and have won the first two games of the series...
Bless You Boys Aug 16, 2016

Royals 6, Tigers 1: Danny Duffy dominates Detroit as Tigers drop 2nd straight

The Tigers offense disappeared for the second night in a row against Royals pitching. The Detroit Tigers returned home with high hopes after taking two of three from the Texas Rangers. That optimism has been thwarted (and then some) after a second consecutive loss to the Kansas City Royals, this one a 6-1 defeat at Comerica Park on Tuesday evening. Tigers starter Justin Verlander retired the first eight batters he faced, but before whispers of a no-hitter could start, he hung a breaking ball to rookie second baseman Raul Mondesi. While he doesn’t possess the power that his father did, the...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 16, 2016
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Justin Verlander takes on the Royals

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Justin Verlander takes on the Royals

Danny Duffy has been pitching very well for the Royals. GAME INFORMATIONWho: Detroit Tigers (63-55) vs. Kansas City Royals (58-60)When: 7:10 p.m. ET Tuesday, August 16Where: Comerica Park in DetroitTV: Fox Sports DetroitRadio: 97.1 The Ticket and the Detroit Tigers radio networkTwitter: Follow Aaron McMann STARTING PITCHERSDetroit TigersRHP Justin Verlander (12-6, 3.42 ERA) Kansas City RoyalsLHP Danny Duffy  (9-1, 2.82 ERA) GAME NOTES--Detroit is five games behind Cleveland in the American League Central and 2.5 games behind the leaders for the...
Bless You Boys Aug 16, 2016

Game 119 preview: Royals at Tigers

The Tigers send Justin Verlander to the mound against the Royals’ Danny Duffy The Tigers missed an opportunity to gain ground in their quest for a playoff spot on Monday when the Royals took the series opener, 3- 1. Kansas City has won seven of the first 11 games in the season series. The game Tuesday will feature the best pitching match up of the series, with the Tigers’ Justin Verlander going against the Royals’ Danny Duffy. The Kansas City left hander has easily been the best starter in the defending champions' rotation, as Edinson Volquez and Yordano Ventura have struggled to find...
Bless You Boys Aug 12, 2016

Detroit Tiger Links needed that off day

Relax, refocus, and don’t relive. Sigh. Nothing like killing your momentum with a four-game losing streak, am I right, Justin Wilson? The good news is the Tigers are still only one game out of a Wild Card spot. The bad news is they are now 3 1⁄2 games back from Cleveland and just lost starts from Michael Fulmer and Justin Verlander. With Cameron Maybin, Nick Castellanos, and Jordan Zimmerman out, the team is going to need to stay in contact with at least the other wild card teams and hope for a big September. The previous win streak proved they can win without key players, so here’s...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 11, 2016
After Justin Verlander shines, Justin Wilson hit hard again in Tigers' loss

After Justin Verlander shines, Justin Wilson hit hard again in Tigers' loss

The Tigers have now lost four in a row after a stretch in which theyd won 10 of 11. SEATTLE -- Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander was every bit as dominant as he's been for the last two months. Outfielder Justin Upton and reliever Justin Wilson had a series they'd rather forget. The Seattle Mariners completed a three-game sweep by beating the Tigers 3-1 on Wednesday night at Safeco Field. The Tigers have now lost four in a row after a stretch in which they'd won 10 of 11. What happened on Wednesday night? The three Justins offer a good summary: *...
Bless You Boys Aug 11, 2016

Mariners 3, Tigers 1: Offense fails Justin Verlander as Detroit gets swept

The ace-off lived up to its billing, but the Tigers came up short again. A star-studded pitching matchup lived up to its billing in the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, as Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez turned in brilliant seven-inning performances opposite one another. Hernandez’s bullpen won the ensuing battle, and the Seattle Mariners capped off a three-game sweep over the Detroit Tigers with a hard-fought 3-1 win. The Mariners jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead thanks to an opposite field home run from Robinson Cano. Nelson Cruz followed with a double to deep right-center field, but...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 11, 2016
Bullpen struggles cost Tigers again as they're swept in Seattle

Bullpen struggles cost Tigers again as they're swept in Seattle

The Tigers (61-53) have lost four in a row. They get a day off Thursday before starting a three-game weekend series at Texas. SEATTLE -- Billed as a duel between two of the best starting pitchers of the last decade, the Detroit Tigers' game at Seattle Wednesday night ultimately came down to the bullpens. Once again, the Mariners had the upper hand. And it cost the Tigers in a 3-1 loss. Detroit was swept in the three-game series at Safeco Field and has now lost four straight games overall. Tigers starter Justin Verlander matched Seattle starter Felix Hernandez,...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 10, 2016
Live scoring, stats: Justin Verlander, Tigers try to avoid sweep in Seattle

Live scoring, stats: Justin Verlander, Tigers try to avoid sweep in Seattle

The Tigers have lost three straight games. Please join the conversation in the comments section. If you're viewing this on the MLive app, click here. GAME INFORMATIONWho: Detroit Tigers (61-52) at Seattle Mariners (59-53)When: 10:10 p.m. ET Wednesday, August 10Where: Safeco Field, SeattleTV: Fox Sports Detroit Radio: 97.1 The Ticket and the Detroit Tigers radio networkTwitter: Follow Evan Woodbery The Tigers could certainly use an ace performance from Justin Verlander (12-6, 3.52 ERA) tonight. They've lost three straight games and taxed the bullpen...
Lookout Landing Aug 10, 2016

A Tale of Two Aces

Félix Hernández and Justin Verlander's shared history, and possible future success? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of xFIP, it was the age of ERA, it was the epoch of Robinson Cano, it was the epoch of Shawn O’Malley, it was the season of dingers, it was the season of TOOTBLANs, it was the spring of minor league success, it was the winter of injuries, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to the playoffs, we were all going direct to the cellar of the AL West- in short, the period was so far like the present...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 10, 2016
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Justin Verlander vs. Seattle's Felix Hernandez

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Justin Verlander vs. Seattle's Felix Hernandez

The Tigers are trying to avoid a sweep in Seattle. GAME INFORMATIONWho: Detroit Tigers (61-52) at Seattle Mariners (59-53)When: 10:10 p.m. ET Wednesday, August 10Where: Safeco Field, SeattleTV: Fox Sports Detroit Radio: 97.1 The Ticket and the Detroit Tigers radio networkTwitter: Follow Evan Woodbery STARTING PITCHERSDetroit TigersRHP Justin Verlander (12-6, 3.52 ERA) Seattle MarinersRHP Felix Hernandez (6-4, 3.55 ERA) GAME NOTES--The Tigers have lost three straight and are trying to avoid a sweep in Seattle. Detroit is 3.5 games behind Cleveland in...
Bless You Boys Aug 10, 2016

Game 114 Preview: Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners

The Tigers and Mariners play their aces in the series finale. With less than 30 percent of the schedule left to play, the Detroit Tigers find themselves narrowly behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central race and neck and neck with the Boston Red Sox for the second wild card spot. Needless to say, every game from here on out is crucial with very little margin for error. In times like these, teams need to be able to rely on their star players. Thankfully, this is where Justin Verlander thrives. He has dominantly silenced his doubters with an excellent season, and he has been...

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